Turning Point Giving Circle


Join The Turning Point Giving Circle and Make a Difference in the Lives of Women and Children

The YWCA Hamilton Turning Point Giving Circle is a community of women with diverse backgrounds and interests who are committed to YWCA Hamilton’s mission. They believe women and girls must have the rights, resources, and opportunities to shape their own lives and define their communities.

By donating $500 or more each year with a three-year commitment, you will contribute to a sustainable and reliable source of funding which will provide essential community services and you will help us continue to advocate for social change for women, girls and their families.

Why become a member?

Because together, we will make a very real and measurable difference in the lives of women and girls in our community.

“We must open the doors
and we must see to it they remain open,
so that others can pass through."
- Rosemary Brown

Enjoy the many benefits of becoming a Turning Point Giving Circle member, including:

• Invitation to a private dinner to celebrate philanthropy at YWCA Hamilton
• Democratically vote as a collective group to award annual program funding to a special YWCA Hamilton program and an individual impacted by YWCA Hamilton (click to view past recipients here)

• Exclusive invitations to events throughout the year

• Special acknowledgment in the YWCA Hamilton Annual Report

Every level of giving makes a difference. We invite you to join us at one of the following levels:

Michele Landsberg Circle ($500–$1,000)

With cumulative annual gifts of $500 - $1,000, donors are able to qualify for membership in the Michele Landsberg Circle. Michele was one of the first in Canadian journalism to address sexual harassment in the workplace, racial discrimination in education and employment opportunities, and lack of gender equality in divorce and custodial proceedings. Members of the Michele Landsberg Circle advocate for eliminating barriers women face. Their philanthropic support of the YWCA Hamilton has a profound impact on women and girls through our programs and services. 

Elsie Knott Circle ($1,000–$1,500)

Annual cumulative giving of $1,000 - $1,500 will qualify donors for membership in the Elsie Knott Circle. Elsie Knott as the first woman Chief in Canada — a true trailblazer. As Chief of the Curve Lake First Nation, Knott worked to improve the quality of life for members of the community by negotiating with government for new housing and infrastructure, and she helped revitalize cultural activities and the Ojibway language within her community. Like Elsie, members of this circle are community leaders and advocates.

Adrienne Clarkson Circle ($1,500 + )

Donors can qualify for membership in the Adrienne Clarkson Circle — our highest level of recognition —with cumulative annual gifts of $1,500 or more given annually. The Adrienne Clarkson Circle members are an exemplary leading group of supporters. Adrienne Clarkson was Canada’s first woman of colour Governor General (1999-2005). She was also Canada’s first racialized woman to ever headline a national TV program and an advocate for gender parity. The members of the Adrienne Clarkson Circle are YWCA champions who are committed to supporting and empowering women and girls through their philanthropic giving.

Become an Turning Point Giving Circle member today. For more information, contact:

Felicia Van-Dyk
Development Coordinator, Corporate and Community Engagement
(905)522-9922 ext. 314